Ballymena travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ballymena

With a population of 28,932, Ballymena is a must-see destination in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Ballymena to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Ballymena

If you’re looking for affordable options, Harry's of Cushendall (10 Mill Street) and Milanos (18 Thomas Street) are great picks.

When to visit Ballymena

Ballymena in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ballymena in July
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Ballymena


When flying to Ballymena, you’ll arrive at Belfast Intl Airport (BFS), which is located 15 miles from the city centre.


Another option to get to Ballymena is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 189 miles from Ballymena. You’ll find branches of Easirent and GREEN MOTION , among others, in Manchester.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ballymena, including National Express, Hannon Coach and Bus. From Dublin, the bus ride to Ballymena takes 110 miles and will cost you around $66. From Glasgow, the ticket costs about $91 for a journey of 325 miles.

Airports near Ballymena

Airlines serving Ballymena

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British Airways
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Aer Lingus
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Malaysia Airlines
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Japan Airlines
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Qantas Airways
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American Airlines
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Virgin Atlantic
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Kenya Airways
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Where to stay in Ballymena

Average rates range from around $336 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $298 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ballymena

Hiring a car in Ballymena

Expect to pay $2.99 per litre in Ballymena (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $35.77 and $47.69. The most frequently booked car type in Ballymena is Compact (Ford Focus or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Renault Clio or similar) is, on average, 65% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.